Nov. 12--WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to review an Oklahoma abortion law, effectively upholding a ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court that it is unconstitutional to require a woman to undergo an ultrasound test just before terminating a pregnancy.
Without comment, the nation's high court declined to accept Oklahoma's appeal.
It was the second time this month that the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the state on an abortion case. Last week, the high court declined to review a law regarding drug-induced abortions. That law had also been struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
The ultrasound law would have required a physician to perform an ultrasound test using either a vaginal probe or an abdominal transducer and explain what the ultrasound was depicting.
The state argued that the U.S. Supreme Court has condoned laws that require physicians provide truthful information to women seeking abortions and that such laws did not pose a substantial obstacle to abortion. Moreover, the state said the Oklahoma Supreme Court decision conflicts with a federal appeals ruling that upheld a similar case.
The Center for Reproductive Rights, which challenged the law on behalf of an Oklahoma physician and abortion clinic, urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to review the case, arguing that the Oklahoma Supreme Court had rightly struck it down.
Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said Tuesday, "A woman's personal, private medical decisions should be made in consultation with the health care professionals she trusts, without interference by politicians who presume to know better.
"Today the U.S. Supreme Court has let stand another strong decision by the Oklahoma courts protecting a woman's constitutional right to make her own decisions about whether to continue a pregnancy from the intrusion of politicians opposed to her rights and indifferent to her health."
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